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Sag Harbor is a small village on the bay on Long Island characterized by charming historic houses that date from the early to mid-1800s, when it was a thriving whaling port. Seven years ago, Richard Ferrari, a real estate agent in New York City, bought a tiny, early 1800s house that his friend Bob Tortora had renovated. 
When a larger house of similar vintage across the street came on the market three years later, Richard traded up, and Bob again renovated the house, preserving as much of the original architecture as possible, including the pumpkin pine floors, handblown glass windows, ceiling beams (uncovered beneath Sheetrock), and fireplace mantels.
In this photo: The exterior was reclad in cedar shingles with a clapboard front and lsanscaped with boxwoods.

Richard and Bob updated the kitchen and baths with timeless materials, such as mahogany countertops, beadboard walls, and in the baths, subway tile and marble. 
In this photo: A mix of old and new warms the kitchen, with mahogany countertops (replacing 1960s Formica), stainless-steel appliances, and the existing cabinets, probably from the 1940s. Creamy beadboard walls and open shelves keep the room light.
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Richard added a pantry bar off the kitchen; a wine cooler is hidden in the cupboard with the old wooden door.

Richard and Bob opened up the kitchen to a new family room addition with a sloping 11-foot ceiling, and Richard opted to add a few modern amenities such as air-conditioning and a pool.
In this photo: The duo painted the early fireplace mantel black to add a jolt of color to the neutral room. 
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"The beauty of the floors and beams are 200 years' worth of nicks and crannies, warping, weathering, and nail holes. They look beautiful just as they are," says Richard. 
In this photo: The buttercream-colored living room boasts original windows.

Richard and Bob preserved as many original elements as possible, including the pumpkin pine floors. Richard put a small addition on the house, composed of the bar and family room seen through the doorways. He also requested bookshelves to line the dining room, giving the room a dual purpose, to house his library of Second World War history books. 
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When it came time to choose paint colors for the house, Richard asked his neighbor, Steven Gambrel, a noted interior designer in New York City, for a favor. "I told him I wanted a yellow living room, a red dining room, and a blue kitchen. Steven rattled off paint numbers for each of them," says Richard, "and they all turned out perfectly."
In this photo: Richard outfitted one of his three compact guest bedrooms with red accents.

Richard holds his wire-haired dachshund, Charlie, next to Bob Tortora, his contractor.
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